Pagad leader hasn't been charged yet

Abdus Salaam Ebrahim is being questioned by police in connection with Athlone triple murders.

The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) led a motorcade in Manenberg and Heideveld against gangsterism and drugs on Wednesday 31 July 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) says police have taken one of its leaders in for questioning in connection with a triple murder in Athlone.

The victims were killed when gunmen opened fire on a tuck shop on Tuesday.

Police took Abdus Salaam Ebrahim into custody just hours after the incident occurred.

His lawyer has since met with him at the Gugulethu Police Station.

Pagad spokesperson Cassiem Parker says, "He hasn't been charged. He has been told he has been arrested in connection with a triple murder."

The three men believed to be foreign nationals were shot dead in the tuck shop in Veld Road on Tuesday night.

A woman was also injured during the shooting.

Resident Azrah Allie says the gunmen came in and opened fire.

"It's the first time something like this happened here. It's a shock to all of us."

The motive for the killing is still unknown.

Meanwhile, Pagad has revived its fight against drugs and gang violence. In March, they led a protest in Manenberg warning drug lords to stop their criminal activity.

The group expressed concern that drugs were destroying their community and children.

They were also suspected of being behind two explosions in Athlone recently. A car dealership and a local businessman's home were targeted but Pagad denies any involvement.

The group was formed in 1996 by residents who organised public demonstrations to force government to intensify the fight against illegal drug trade and gang violence which continue to claim innocent lives.

Over 30 people have been killed in gang violence throughout the Western Cape in recent months.